The four best NBA situations to be drafted into this year

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Last night, many basketball fans waited in line for their chance to play the full version of NBA 2k17. A short demo called “The Prelude” was released last week on Friday. The experience with this demo stoked the fire for many players as they couldn’t wait to play the game.

In the MyCareer mode, you play as a young college prospect who gets drafted and tries to become an NBA legend over the course of an entire career. The mode is undoubtedly the most popular one in the game and it looks like the same will be true this year.

However, we all know that getting drafted highly does not guarantee an easy path to NBA greatness. Getting put in the right situation is just as important as individual skill level when it comes to success in the league.

So, to help all my fellow digital ballers out, here are the four best franchise situations to get drafted into for NBA 2k17:

4) Philadelphia 76ers

Philly has had a rough couple of years in trying to get back to respectability on the NBA stage. Constant tanking efforts have yielded little in the way of progress, until this year.

Ben Simmons looks poised to be a genuine star in this league and when paired with newly available center Joel Embiid, “The Process” is finally starting to take some shape.

They are bad, make no mistake about it, but that is what transformational players like the LSU product are for.

3) Los Angeles Lakers

It’s the dawn of a true youth movement for the L.A. franchise. Kobe Bryant has sailed off into the sunset and now D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle will have to improve a lot in his absence.

There is also help coming from Brandon Ingram at number two overall. The Black Mamba’s retirement tour masked the fact that the Lakers weren’t very good. Now without that distraction the pressure will be on the young core in a huge market.

Fans of the Purple and Gold do not take kindly to losing and you will have to produce under the bright lights to stick around.

2) Minnesota Timberwolves

This seems like a no-brainer because of all the hype attached to this team heading into the season. They have Karl-Anthony ITowns and Anthony Wiggins. Tom Thibodeau is a coach with proven NBA success. Everything looks good on paper.

Starting out there while building the new culture seems like a safe bet. The entertainment value of playing on such a talented team is not to be underestimated either. There’s a lot to like about the young Wolves. But, will they mature enough this season.

1) Boston Celtics

A historic club like the C’s is a strange one to find in the lottery, especially the top three. But, through some weird trades, that’s where they selected from this past year.

Boston’s outlook is great with an All-Star guard in Isaiah Thomas and newly acquired All-Star big in Al Horford.

Brad Stevens is a great young coach and with the right tweaks they could be positioned to be the team to fell Cleveland in the east. The problem is that they still don’t have that number one option star and until that is solved there is a ceiling on their success.

Philadelphia 76ers
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
Minnesota Timberwolves
Northwest Division
Western Conference
L.A. Lakers
Pacific Division
D'Angelo Russell
Karl-Anthony Towns
Kobe Bryant
Andrew Wiggins
Boston Celtics
Joel Embiid

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